NATIONAL PARKS ~ STATE PARKS ~ NATIONAL MONUMENTS ~ SCENIC BYWAYS


National Parks

Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Visit Arches to discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

Bryce Canyon National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Hoodoos (irregular columns of rock) exist on every continent, but here is the largest concentration found anywhere on Earth. Situated along a high plateau at the top of the Grand Staircase, the park’s high elevations include numerous life communities, fantastic dark skies, and geological wonders that defy description. Read More

Canyonlands National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.

Capitol Reef National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth) extending almost 100 miles. Learn about the geologic processes that created the Waterpocket Fold.

Monument Valley Tribal Park

The landscape overwhelms, not just by its beauty but also by its size. The fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs and trees, and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines…

Zion National Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

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State Parks

Anasazi State Park Museum

Anasazi State Park Museum

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass Online Here **Visitor Center and Sandboard/Sled Rentals will be closed on Christmas day (12/25/2020). Visitor Center hours will resume on 12/26/2020 at 9:00 am.** Venture onto a shifting sea of red sand.

Dead Horse Point State Park

The gift shop is also NOTICE: The park is open and customers are required to wear a mask while shopping. open. We recommend making camping and yurt reservations prior to arriving at the park. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information.

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass Online Here View the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners Region and explore an authentic Puebloan village behind the museum.

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass Online Here Discover the pioneer and early industrial history of Cedar City, Iron County, and southwest Utah through an extensive horse-drawn wagon collection, historic buildings, Native Heritage exhibit, sawmill and replica blast furnace.

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Goosenecks State Park

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass Online Here On the edge of a deep canyon above the sinuous river meander known as a gooseneck, this small park affords impressive views of one of the most striking examples of an entrenched river meander on the North American continent.

Gunlock State Park

Park Hours: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Daily. Boat Ramp: May thru Labor Day the ramp is open every day 7 am – 8 pm. Sep-Oct the ramp hours go to 8 AM to 6 PM. Nov-Dec the boat ramp will be open Friday Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass Online Here Shakespeare Arch collapsed in April of last year. The trail is still open but there is now just a pile of rubble where the arch used to be.

Quail Creek State Park

NOTICE: Check Quail Creek State Park social media platforms for up to date information. Look under current conditions for social media links. NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass online here!

Sand Hollow State Park

NOTICE: Check Sand Hollow State Park social media platforms for up to date information. Look under current conditions for social media links Buy your single day-use pass online here! ATTENTION: As of 4/27/2020 we will NOT allow any Primitive Campers. Please use other resources like hotels and vacation rentals.

Snow Canyon State Park

NOTICE: Park open. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Buy your single day-use pass online here! Explore the trails and dunes of beautiful Snow Canyon on foot, bike, and horseback. Camp in the peaceful campground surrounded by ancient lava flows and red Navajo sandstone.

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National Monuments

Bears Ears National Monument | Bureau of Land Management

Monticello 365 North Main Monticello, UT 84535 There is no visitor center for the National Monument. The nearest communities are Monument Valley, Mexican Hat, Bluff, Blanding, and Monticello. Highways 191, 211, 95, 261, and 163 all provide access to portions of National Monument. Major commercial airlines serve Salt Lake City and St.

Calf Creek Falls Hiking Trail

Calf Creek Falls is one of the most enchanting areas of the Grand Staircase-Escalante area, a verdant oasis amid the tumbled stone monoliths of the desert. Named for its use as a natural pen for calves back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the creek remained relatively unknown as a tourist destination until the formation of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, under the Clinton administration.

Cedar Breaks National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Crowning the grand staircase, Cedar Breaks sits at over 10,000 feet and looks down into a half-mile deep geologic amphitheater. Come wander among timeless bristlecone pines, stand in lush meadows of wildflower, ponder crystal-clear night skies and experience the richness of our subalpine forest.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument | Bureau of Land Management

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans across nearly one million acres of America’s public lands and contains three distinct units: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits, and Escalante Canyon. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument is a diverse geologic treasure speckled with monoliths, slot canyons, natural bridges, and arches.

Natural Bridges National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Three majestic natural bridges invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below. Declared a National Monument in 1908, the bridges are named “Kachina,” “Owachomo” and “Sipapu” in honor of the ancestral Puebloans who once made this place their home.

Programs: National Conservation Lands: Arizona: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument | Bureau of Land Management

This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre monument is a geologic treasure with some of the most spectacular trails and views in the world. The monument contains many diverse landscapes, including the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon. The monument borders Kaibab National Forest to the west and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to the east.

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Scenic Byways

Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway

Overview

Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway is a multi-state byway that is accessible from various points in both Colorado and Utah. This ancient dinosaur mega-highway offers some of the best museums, collections of fossils and bones, learning and activity centers, and open, active excavations that are still making new discoveries today. Various sites display tracks and bones still unearthed in the ground. Some of the largest, most perplexing creatures have been discovered along this byway, and it is certainly a place for all ages to learn, play, and fulfill a childhood dream of exploring dinosaur country. Come visit and enjoy some of the all-time best dinosaur excavation sites in the world!

480 miles / 772.5 km

Key Attractions

  • A substantial group of dinosaur museums, containing some of the best collections of dinosaur remnants, as well as replicas, recreations, and monuments in the world
    • Dinosaur National Monument, located in eastern Utah and western Colorado.
    • Riggs Hill, near Grand Junction, CO – displays part of a buried dinosaur skeleton for visitors to see
    • Museum of Western Colorado, in Grand Junction, CO – with three active paleontology sites.
    • Dinosaur Journey Museum, in Fruita, CO – excellent for all ages, children can be hands on in their discovery and learning with wonderful displays, full-scale recreations, and robotic simulations
    • Dinosaur Hill, just south of Fruita, CO – a one-mile trip around the excavation areas where some of the largest dinosaurs to ever be discovered were found – the Apatosaurus (Brontosaurus) excelusandBrachiosaurus altithorax
    • The Utah Filed House Natural History Museum in Vernal.
  • Proximity to National Parks (Arches National Park, Zion National Park, Canyonlands National Park, etc.), National Monuments (such as Independence Rock in Colorado National Monument), and ancient Indian rock art (including the famous petroglyphs in 9-mile Canyon)
  • Access to wonderful hiking, camping, biking trails, river rafting (along the Green and the Colorado), and skiing (away from the ski-resorts)

Location

  • 111 miles from Salt Lake City, UT; 250 miles from Denver, CO
  • Driving the byway (Colorado section)
    • Start at the Utah-Colorado border on US-40
    • Turn south onto CO-64 at Dinosaur and continue onto Rangley
    • From Rangley, drive south on SR 139 to Loma
    • From Loma, drive east to Fruita on US-6 and Grand Junction
    • To loop back to the UT section, drive west on I-70 to the UT/CO border, where the Colorado section of the byway ends
  • Driving the byway (Utah section)
    • UT/CO border via I-70
      • The Utah section starts at the UT/CO border on I-70; head west
      • Take exit 212, the eastern Cisco exit, turn left over the Interstate
      • 1 ½ miles west of Cisco, turn left at a three-way junction with UT-128 and head south toward the Colorado River, Castle Valley, and Moab
      • At the intersection with US-191, turn left (south) to reach Moab, UT
    • Moab, UT to Green River, UT
      • Turn right (north) onto US-191 and cross the Colorado River
      • Continue north to Crescent Junction and I-70
      • Take I-70 west past Green River, UT
    • Green River, UT to Price, UT
      • Two miles west of Green River, UT turn north at exit 156 onto US-6/191
      • Drive north towards Price, UT, approximately 60 miles northwest
    • Price, UT to Duchesne, UT
      • From Price, continue north and west on US-6/191 through the town of Helper
      • Four miles north of Helper is where US-6/191 splits; take the right hand turn onto US-191 that runs down over the Price River, the railroad tracks, and around the coal-fired power plant you can see
      • Continue on US-191 for 44 miles up Willow Creek Canyon, up and over Reservation Ridge with a pass at just over 9,000 feet above sea level, and down through Indian Canyon to the town of Duchesne, UT in the Uintah Basin
    • Duchesne, UT to Vernal, UT
      • A few blocks after crossing the Strawberry River, there is a stop sign dividing US-191 from US-40
      • Turn right and drive east on US-40 through Myton at the Duchesne River bridge and then through Roosevelt
      • US-40 continues on into Vernal ending on Main Street
    • Vernal, UT to UT/CO border
      • Take US-40 east for 12 miles to reach Jensen, UT
      • Continue east across the bridge over the Green River
      • Travel 18 miles to UT/CO border where the Utah section of the byway ends

Other Information

  •  Plenty of lodging, food, gas, and camping in various cities
Flaming Gorge – Uintas Scenic Byway

Overview

This byway offers visitors a variety of perspectives as they travel through the eastern section of the Uinta Mountain Range, Ashley National Forest, Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, and Vernal’s dinosaur destinations. Here visitors can experience one of the most scenic drives in the country – named “Flaming Gorge” for the landscape that it accurately depicts, enjoy the prime recreational opportunities that this area has to offer, see native wildlife in their natural habitats, and even gaze out over prehistoric, real dinosaur fossils – still entrenched in the ground as they were found.

82 miles / 132 km, Vernal to Wyoming border

Key Attractions

Flaming Gorge/Uintas Scenic Byway
  • Flaming Gorge Reservoir – beautiful reservoir with towering cliffs, canyons, beaches – excellent fishing, boating, water sports, swimming, scuba diving, canoeing, etc. – the Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is a prime spot for camping, hiking, biking, river rafting, swimming, and more
  • Red Canyon Visitor Center & Nature Trail – information about the reservoir and area – trail leads to an overlook over Flaming Gorge’s scenic Red Canyon
  • Flaming Gorge Dam and Visitor Center – guided tours offered in the dam
  • Dinosaur National Monument & Quarry, Vernal, UT – one of the largest dinosaur quarries and collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, over 2,000 fossil bones are exposed in the ground, like they were found
  • Utah Field House of Natural History, Vernal UT – exhibits on the area’s animals, geology, paleontology, prehistory, and history – see an interactive garden area with 18 life-size replicas of prehistoric creatures
  • Several other water recreation areas – Steinaker State Park, Red Fleet State Park, and several smaller lakes and streams within Ashley National Forest

Location

  • 52 miles south of Rock Springs, WY; 168 miles east of Salt Lake City, UT; 330 miles west of Denver, CO
  • Located in the northeast corner of the state of Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • Starting in Vernal, UT, drive north on US-191
    • At the junction of US-191 and SR-44/ Greendale Junction, the byway forks east and west
    • The east fork (right turn), will allow you to continue on US-191 until you reach the Utah-Wyoming border, where that arm of the byway ends
    • The west fork (left turn), will take you west and then north along SR-44 until you reach Manila, UT, where that arm of the byway ends

Other Information

  • Gas, lodging, food, shopping, phones, and restrooms are located along the byway
  • Camping is available in several locations throughout Ashley National Forest – reservations can be made at recreation.gov
  • Biking the byway is possible, however alternate nearby trails and paths are recommended over the actual byway – always use caution when biking or walking along a busy or narrow highway
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway

Overview

 Logan Canyon Scenic Byway takes travelers from Logan, UT to Garden City, UT, passing through Logan Canyon and paralleling the Logan River. Visitors enjoy mile-high, jagged limestone outcroppings, thick, green forests, grassy meadows, rivers, lakes, and beautiful colors – particularly in the spring and fall. This byway is an ideal destination for hikers, campers, bikers, golfers, and fishermen (including fly fishermen).

 41 miles / 66 km, Logan to Garden City

 Key Attractions

Logan Canyon Byway Map

 Absolutely stunning canyon with a range of spectacular scenery – tall, limestone outcroppings, pine and aspen forests, grassy meadows and wildflowers, brilliant fall and pretty spring colors, tranquil river, etc.

  • Blind Hollow Trail – set amid Wasatch-Cache National Forest in a beautiful forest of aspen trees and green vegetation
  • Tony Grove Lake, located on Tony Grove Rd off Hwy 89 – leads up to a high elevation, glacial lake often called the “crown jewel” of the Bear River Range
  • Mt. Magog – picturesque and iconic views of the tall jagged peaks, covered by green forests over White Pine Lake
  • Bear Lake Overlook – spectacular overlook over the lake and Garden City area
  • Second Dam, Logan Canyon – boardwalk, trail, and picnic area
  • Third Dam/ Spring Hollow, Logan Canyon – extremely popular fly fishing location, hiking trails, rest stop – trail leads to natural springs and to the Crimson Trail
  • Logan Golf & Country Club – a fun resort located in Logan Canyon

 Location

  • 51 miles from Ogden, UT; 84 miles from Salt Lake City, UT
  • Located in the northeastern top of Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • Start from the intersection of Main Street and 400 North in Logan, UT
    • Drive east on 400 north to Milepost 374.2 at Lady Bird Park Overlook (Logan Ranger District Visitor Center is located here)
    • Continue on this route, Hwy 89, up the canyon (the Logan River runs parallel to the highway most of the way)
    • After driving approximately 45 minutes up the canyon, you will reach the Summit over Bear Lake and a visitor center that has information on both the byway and the area
    • The Byway ends in Garden City, UT on the shores of Bear Lake

 Other Information

  • Campgrounds and destinations next to the byway may charge fees
  • Gas, lodging, shopping, food, restrooms, and phones are located at each end of the byway, Logan and Garden City
  • This byway is bicycle-friendly – Hwy 89 has shoulders that can support bicyclists and nearby trails are great for biking and hiking
  • Camping is available in several locations
    • Free primitive camping located throughout the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, and reservation camping is located specifically at Spring Hollow Campground, Guinavah Campground, Tony Grove Campground, and Sunrise Campground
National Scenic Byway Highway SR-143

Byway description: From Parowan, the highway climbs past the colorful Vermillion Cliffs through a maple and scrub oak forest. The road twists through cone-shaped white cliffs then makes a major ascent to the forested heights of Brian Head ski town. Past Brian Head, the road climbs again to summit at 10,400 feet and continues south past the North View of Cedar Breaks National Monument, where it junctions with Hwy SR-148.

Heading east, the road descends through a thick aspen forest which is brilliant in the late September with golden and red aspens. You’ll see distant views into the pink cliffs of the Paunsagunt Plateau. Ancient lava fields pop up through the aspen trees that line the highway. The road meets up with Panguitch Lake which is popular for fishing and boating. SR 143 continues east, following lush pastures and the banks of the Panguitch Lake Creek into historic Panguitch.

How do I get there? From Parowan I- 15 exit #78, go south on Parowan’s Main Street, turn left at Center St/SR-143and head east.

Is road open in the winter? Yes, but check road conditions in the winter.

Side Trips & Viewpoints:

  • Parowan Cemetery
  • Vermillion Cliffs Picnic Area
  • Yankee Meadow
  • Hidden Haven Waterfall
  • Dry Lakes Scenic Backway
  • Brian Head Resort
  • Brian Head Peak Road
  • Cedar Breaks
  • Panguitch Lake
  • Historic Panguitch

What is the one way, no stops drive time? The drive is 55 miles and takes about 90 minutes to travel.

Grade & Elevation: 13% Grade. Elevation is from 5,600 feet to 10,400 feet. The portion between Parowan and Brian Head is steep and not recommended for RV’s or semi trucks.

Services: Lodging, gas, food, campgrounds, visitor centers in Parowan, Brian Head and Panguitch.

Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

Overview

This byway has a little bit of almost everything Utah has to offer – experience scenic views of Mt. Nebo and the Wasatch Mountain Range, aspen and conifer forests, meadows, high-mountain lakes and streams, towering cliffs, salt flats, and even some red rock formations that are more usual to southern Utah. Whether simply driving the byway or getting out and enjoying some recreation, travelers are guaranteed to experience breathtaking views of nature. Popular recreation includes hiking, fishing, biking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, etc.

37 miles / 59.5 km, Payson to Junction, Highway 132 near Nephi

Key Attractions

Nebo Loop Map
  • Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center, Payson, UT – restored historic building, used now for arts classes and performances
  • Many small lakes and rivers – including Payson Lakes, Big East Lake, McClellan Lake, Thistle Creek, Salt Creek, etc. – surrounded by beautiful aspen forests and mountain views
  • Uinta National Forest and Manti-La Sal National Forests
  • Scenic autumn drive – this byway is popular for viewing the beautiful and contrasting fall colors in the foliage and sky
  • Petticoat Cliffs – huge, towering gray cliffs that are shaped like giant pinnacles
  • Many trails and paths – including the popular:
    • Monument Trail – beautiful year-round, but particularly scenic in the autumn, hikers enjoy views overlooking the valleys below them, snow-capped peaks in the distance, and the lush trees and foliage around them
    • Devil’s Kitchen – enjoy and explore the red rock spires and unique rock formations that look more like they belong farther south in Utah, yet they are surrounded by green forests and mountain peaks – short (1/2 mile), easy hike
    • Mt. Nebo – the highest peak in the large Wasatch Mountain Range and a challenging hike – 11,928 feet

Location

  • 59 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT; 224 miles north of St. George, UT
  • Located in central Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • Start in Payson, UT
    • Drive east on 7th South (Payson Canyon Road) to the beginning of the byway (CR-015) in Payson Canyon
    • Continue along this road until the end of the byway – the junction with UT-132, just east of Nephi, UT
  • khawk Campground, Tinney Flat Campground, Bear Canyon Campground, and Ponderosa Uinta Campground
  • Bicycling is a popular activity along this byway, however cyclists should use caution on the narrow sections of the road
  • This byway features several locations that are fully accessible for the disabled, including accessible campgrounds and overlooks, horse transfer station for the disabled at Blackhawk Campground, accessible lakeside nature trail, fishing pier, beach area, and annual fishing derby for children with disabilities at Payson Lakes Campground
  • The byway isn’t plowed and maintained for passenger vehicles – the best time to drive the byway is spring through autumn

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Scenic Byway 12

Overview

This byway provides an outstanding range of the recreation, scenery, and geological formations that Utah has to offer. The byway takes you through national and state parks and monuments – offering incredible red rock scenery, deep slot canyons, waterfalls, beautiful canyons, high mountains, juniper forests, and intense varieties of colors, no matter what season you visit in. Enjoy local archaeological, historical, and paleontological sites, as well as the exciting recreation – including hiking, camping, fishing, rock climbing, canyoneering, swimming, and horseback riding.

124 miles / 199.6 km, Panguitch to Torrey

Key Attractions

Scenic Byway 12
  • Boulder Mountain – great opportunities for fishing, camping, and hiking – breathtaking views and refreshing scenery – located on the Aquarius Plateau, the highest timbered plateau in North America
  • Powell Point – just north and in between Tropic and Henrieville – towering red rock mountain that stands out above the trees
  • Head of the Rocks Overlook – north of Escalante and south of Boulder – expansive and panoramic views of the countryside, stretching hundreds of miles with no obstacles in the path, only canyons and valleys below
  • Mossy Cave Trail and the Tropic Creek Waterfall – northwest of Tropic, UT – a scenic place to cool off, fun family activity area
  • Losee Canyon and the Arches Trail – hiking path where visitors can enjoy natural sandstone arches and other unique rock formations and landscapes
  • Sunrise Point – viewpoint overlooking Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park – the canyon contains some of the most stunning and absolutely unique rock formations, called hoodoos, in the entire world – made of colorful reds and oranges, surrounded by greenery and blue skies
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument – large area that holds some of the most difficult terrain known to mankind – filled with different geologic formations, including arches, bridges, slot canyons, ridges, plateaus, mesas, buttes, and pinnacles – holds excellent examples of ancient rock art and paleontological sites
  • Capitol Reef National Park – park filled with great hikes, canyons, bridges, arches, creeks, and the Waterpocket Fold – the interesting geologic shape, a wrinkle in the earth, that extends for about 100 miles
  • Calf Creek Falls, Escalante Canyons – very popular and iconic hike to upper and lower falls – great for cooling off – fun for family
  • Reconstructed Anasazi House – Anasazi Village State Park, Boulder, UT – interactive tours and information of the building styles and history of the ancient Anasazi people
  • Boulder, UT – western-style, pastoral, and historic scenery – ranches, farms, barns, museums, and more

Location

  • 470 miles southeast from Denver, CO; 251 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT; 126 miles northeast of St. George, UT
  • Located in south-central Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • Begin the byway at the junction of Hwy 89 and SR-12, seven miles south of Panguitch, UT and eight miles north of Hatch, UT
    • Drive east on SR-12 toward Tropic and Escalante – the road runs generally southeast until Escalante, where it runs primarily north
    • Continue on SR-12 until the end of the byway – the junction of SR-12 and Hwy 24, just east of Torrey, UT

Other Information

  • Gas, food, lodging, shopping, restrooms, and phones are located along this byway – most located in the towns at the ends of the byway, Panguitch, and Torrey
  • Campsites are available in several locations – within Dixie National Forest, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and in various state parks and other recreation areas – primitive camping is available in several locations
  • Biking is a popular activity along this byway – bike paths are available through the Red Canyon area, near Panguitch – biking is not encouraged near The Hogsback area farther north, near Torrey, because of the narrow width of the road and varying weather

The Energy Loop: Huntington/Eccles Canyon Scenic Byway

Overview

This byway provides ample opportunities for travelers to enjoy the both rich history and the rich recreation that the area has to offer. The area still maintains many of its industrial productions, such as Skyline Mine, and is situated near many historic sites from its earlier industry days – mines, railways, mining towns, coal-fired plants, and museums and ranger-stations. The byway itself winds through the Manti-La Sal National Forest, rising to about 10,000 feet. Recreation is abundant, and byway travelers also have great opportunities for camping, hiking, fishing, fly fishing, canoeing, boating, biking, horseback riding, and more. The area is breathtaking, with deep, clear blues from the pristine waters, and lush greens from the mountain-sides and forests.

86 miles / 138.3 km, Colton to Huntington

Key Attractions

Huntington/Eccles Canyons Energy Loop
  • Fairview Museum of History and Art, Fairview, UT –
  • Historic mining towns – Scofield,
  • Historic and current-day mining and energy sites – such as Skyline Mine on State Hwy 264
  • Fairview Canyon – scenic canyon, beautiful spring and fall colors, access to trails and spectacular, panoramic views that can stretch 100 miles on a clear day – runs parallel to the beautiful Huntington Creek that provides many recreational opportunities
  • Scofield Reservoir, Huntington Lake, Electric Lake, Fairview Lakes, and Joes Valley Reservoir – excellent fishing, boating (small boats), swimming, picnicking, and exploring areas – beautiful blue waters that are less frequently visited by other travelers
  • Located near the cities of Helper, Price, Wellington, and Cleveland, UT – providing opportunities to view historic mines and railroads, the College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum (Price), and the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry National Natural Landmark (Cleveland)

Location

  • 93 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT
  • Located in central Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • In Fairview, UT, take State Hwy 31 east to the junction at the top of Fairview Canyon with State Hwy 264
    • Here the byway splits to the north and to the south
      • North Fork:
        • Take State Hwy 264 east to Scofield, UT
        • Here travelers can take a small spur of the byway down to Clear Creek, or continue driving north on State Hwy 96, which ends at Hwy 6 in Colton, UT – the end of the byway
      • South Fork:
        • At the junction of State Hwy 31 and State Hwy 264, stay on State Hwy 31 – which leads mostly south
        • Continue on State Hwy 31 until the end of the byway, in Huntington, UT – about 40 miles away

Other Information

  • Gas, lodging, food, shopping, restrooms, and phones are available along this byway
  • There are several established campgrounds within the Manti-La Sal National Forest, reservations can be made at recreation.gov
Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway

Overview

The Utah portion of the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway leads you through some of the most iconic of all American landscapes, like Monument Valley, as well as some of the most diverse and beautiful. Visitors of this byway can enjoy world-class ancient Native American cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, art, and artifacts, as well as modern Native American communities, markets, and fairs. Travelers can enjoy both the wonderful drive along the byway, witnessing some of the most interesting landscapes on earth, and the many stops that include opportunities for hiking, camping, and exploring.

480 miles / 772 km total for Utah and Colorado

Key Attractions

Trail of the Ancients
  • Butler Wash Indian Ruins – large concave niche protects a community of ancient cliff dwellings
  • Utah Navajo Fair – held each year in Bluff, UT
  • Local Navajo market and trading post in Monument Valley, UT
  • Incredible desert scenery, expansive views, and ancient Indian remains at several locations, including Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, and Edge of the Cedars State Park
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park – famous sandstone buttes towering over desert valleys, visitors center, and Navajo community and market
  • Four Corners – the only point in the United States where four boundaries meet
  • Historic pioneer and prairie settlements and buildings – particularly in Bluff, UT
  • Iconic scenery of golden sand, sandstone buttes, cedar forests, desert wildlife, and sprawling mountains, cliffs, and canyons
  • Camping, biking, and hiking are the main recreational activities along this byway

Location

  • Located in the Four Corners region of southwest Colorado and southeast Utah
  • 287 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, UT; 384 miles southwest of Colorado Spring, CO; 251 miles northwest of Albuquerque, NM
  • Driving the Utah section of the byway:
    • Byway starts at the Utah-Colorado state line on US-491
    • Drive west on US-491 to Monticello, UT
    • In Monticello, UT, turn south or left onto US-191 and drive 20.3 miles past Blanding, UT
    • Continue on US-191 south for 5.7 miles to the junction with U-95
    • Turn west or right onto U-95
    • Continue on U-95 to Bridge View Dr. to the Natural Bridges National Monument
    • Return to the junction of U-95 and U-261
    • Drive southwest on U-261 to US 163
    • Continue south on US 163 to the state line of Utah and Arizona
    • Return to the junction of US 163 and U-261
    • Drive northeast on US 163 to US 191/U-162
    • Continue on US 191/U-162 past Bluff, UT to U-262 just east of Montezuma Creek
    • Continue on US-162 to the Utah-Colorado state line
    • Return to the junction of US 191 and U-162
    • Drive north on US 191 to junction with U-262
    • Turn right and follow U-262/Hovenweep Rd, which will turn into Reservation Road
    • Turn north onto CR 413 and drive to the Utah-Colorado state line.
    • Return to junction of US 191 and U-262
    • Continue north on US 191 through White Mesa joining with rest of byway at junction of US 191 and U-95

Other Information

  • In Utah, visitors centers, gas, lodging, and food are located in Monticello, Blanding, Bluff, Mexican Hat, and Monument Valley
  • Camping and restroom locations are located along this byway
  • Fees may exist for entrance to parks

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